We ask a lot of our teeth and, until one of them is damaged or lost, we tend not to think about how much work they do for us on a daily basis. Subpar oral hygiene combined with a lifetime of enjoying hard and crunchy foods and destructive habits like teeth grinding all take their toll on the health and structure of your teeth.
At Blue Bird Dentistry, our job is to provide treatments that protect and preserve your existing tooth structure for as long as possible. Dental crowns provide a protective structure for a damaged natural tooth.
Dental Crowns Restore Damaged Teeth
In many cases, all that’s required is a dental filling to restore a slightly damaged tooth. But sometimes a tooth is too damaged and needs a restoration like a dental crown or a bridge if a tooth is missing.
A crown is designed to encase your natural tooth to protect and strengthen it by restoring its structure. Crowns are versatile, and there are many situations in which we use them:
Restore teeth worn down by teeth grinding
Protect a tooth that’s too damaged for a filling
Add strength to a tooth after root canal treatment
Dr. Mohamed Elnahass starts the procedure by altering the tooth’s shape and size to allow space around it for the crown to blend naturally with surrounding teeth.
Next, we take impressions that we send to a custom dental lab that fabricates your new crown. We will send you home with a temporary to protect the tooth until we have you return for placement of your final crown. Dr. Elnahass will check the restoration for fit and make bite adjustments as needed. The final step is cementing your crown in place and polishing it, so it blends beautifully with your smile.
Dental Bridges Complete Your Smile
Missing teeth are unattractive, but if you don’t replace them, you will have more than an aesthetic problem on your hands. Your teeth tend to shift all throughout your life, so when one is lost, surrounding teeth gradually start to drift into the space. This change in positioning causes tooth misalignment, difficulty with oral hygiene, and problems with your dental bite.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that is designed to fill the space left by a missing tooth. It is typically a three-piece unit consisting of an artificial tooth called a pontic that is suspended on either side by dental crowns. We attach the crowns to healthy adjacent teeth, and the pontic sits in the space and offers an esthetic solution while also restoring healthy function.
Please Call Us to Arrange a Consultation
Do you have damaged teeth but aren’t sure where to start? Please call to arrange an appointment so Dr. Elnahass can evaluate your needs, talk to you about your goals and expectations, and personalize a treatment plan to get your oral health back on track.
MEET OUR DOCTOR:
Dr. Mohamed Elnahass
Dr. Elnahass was born in Boston and attended New York University (NYU) where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. He practiced for several years in New Hampshire before moving to Virginia to be closer to his family.
“I am a dentist because I want to be an artist and scientist at the same time. I love my job because I meet a lot of patients with different needs and I get to help them change their lives by improving their smile.”
When he’s not busy helping patients, Dr. Elnahass enjoys spending time with his wife, newborn daughter, and Maltipoo Charlie. He is also a car enthusiast and enjoys DIY projects and photography.
Excellent, patient and caring staff! 5+ STARS! So very grateful for this office of sweet people, and very professional talented folks! From the admin to the chair, very sensitive, gracious and thorough staff. Dr. Elnahass provides multiple care options and advice to me for new and old issues. The team recently helped me through a crown, my first, and helped me handle some new anxiety, as well. My forever dental team!
Curious about the purpose of dental crowns? Crowns help protect teeth that have been damaged or otherwise compromised. Crowns are made of artificial materials such as porcelain and are designed to mimic the look of natural teeth.
If Dr. Elnahass recommends a dental crown, it could be for a number of different reasons. Crowns typically serve two purposes in dentistry: restorative and cosmetic.
Crowns for Tooth Restorations
You may need a crown if a tooth has been weakened by dental decay, cracks, fractures, or if a tooth had a previous root canal. Dental crowns are also a component of dental implants, so a crown would be necessary if you recently had a titanium implant placed into your jawbone. Because crowns sit on top of the neck and roots of a tooth, they cover and protect what is underneath. Dental crowns help preserve the injured parts of a tooth that would otherwise be exposed to further damage.
Crowns in Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental crowns are also often used for cosmetic purposes. If you have a tooth that is misshapen, discolored, uneven, or worn down, a dental crown can be placed. Our office uses dental crowns to give our Fredericksburg, VA patients more even, uniform smiles. Crowns are a permanent, durable solution to many cosmetic dental problems!
If you are interested in restorative or cosmetic dental crowns in Fredericksburg, call us at Blue Bird Dentistry today!
A dental crown is an artificial cap placed over a natural tooth to protect a damaged or injured area. On a natural tooth, the crown is the visible portion above the gum line.
Artificial crowns are used to restore appearance and function to a tooth whose structure has been compromised. Dental crowns can strengthen teeth and provide support where there otherwise would be none. Crowns are considered strong dental restorations that typically prevent further breakdown.
Artificial crowns mimic the look of our teeth’s natural crowns. Crowns are typically manufactured in a dental lab and can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, composite resin, ceramics, or metal alloys.
Because crowns are visible when you smile and speak, it is important that they blend in with the other teeth in your mouth. Dental labs have the ability to customize the color and size of artificial crowns to create a natural look. Thanks to the discreet appearance of crowns, you will likely be the only one who ever knows they’re there.
Dr. Mohamed Elnahass treats many patients at our Fredericksburg, VA dental office using dental crowns. If you think crowns might be right for your smile, give us a call today!